Throughout the decades, there have been quite a few TV shows that have hooked the Kiwi audience and we just won’t let go. Some people call them classics and some others regard them as traditions.
These are the top TV shows that all Kiwis love to watch and remember those days, sharing with younger and older generations alike.
Although this show was only on the air from 1971 to 1972, it made quite an impression during this short time. Perhaps the main reason is its setting in the wilderness, but Pukemanu’s creators had it far from easy to get it aired and keep it going. They reminisce of poor pay and horrible contracts and yet state how proud they are of having created it.
Another great reason for all Kiwis to love this show comes with being the first national TV drama, with characters that you could relate to and accents that were familiar. It has been described as rural, but also boozy and blokey, which does justice to this classic that transports you to a North Island timber town back when everything was simpler.
A Week of It
The first episode of A Week of It was aired way back in 1977, initially thought out to be a programme filled with satire, it evolved into the show all Kiwis will recognize in a blink. A Week of It is that comedy sketch show that indulged in political satire and makes you laugh at things that should normally be calamities.
The show that propelled the careers of people like Jon Gadsby and David McPhail was pioneering this genre, along with a couple of others. You get to see McPhail portraying Sir Rob Muldoon, the country’s Prime Minister, but also can enjoy Peter Rowley´s impersonation of Bill Rowling, then Leader of the Opposition.
On the Mat
Just hearing this name is synonymous with TV wrestling for any Kiwi, as it was the first show of its kind to be created by locals. Fueled by the fact that wrestling on TV was becoming popular in New Zealand, Steve Rickard set out to create this classic. It was entirely taped in national territory, with episodes in Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch.
An interesting fact is that Rickard didn’t like the now-iconic name, but the idea came from the producer and it stuck. You can appreciate two commentators telling you all about what’s going on in the ring during half an hour of true Kiwi pro-wrestling, in each episode.
Also included were interviews and even some snippets from American matches. No one can ever forget that big Hawaiian grappler named King Curtis’ interviews that were made so popular on the show.
The tradition of watching these shows and bringing young people along to introduce them to classics is one that will live long among Kiwis, especially now that you can stream them. If you have not watched one of these, we recommend you do, the wrestling, satire and wilderness present in them are worthy of admiration and quite interesting.